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Matt Leinart Is Psyched To Be The Starter, Has A Pest Problem

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Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: consummate professional, Cardinals QB Matt Leinart.


After showing some promise as a next level QB, ineffectiveness, injuries and Kurt Warner kept Matt Leinart on the bench. Now with Warner retired, Leinart is the starter and firmly in "Sink-or-Swim" mode. Leinart stopped by XTRA 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ to talk about how ready he is for this opportunity and how he got stung by a scorpion.

On whether or not he feels the team has confidence in him:
"Yeah I do. I feel like the guys are behind me and the biggest thing is I have to go out there and prove it consistently. I think with my work ethic and the offseason training, OTA's, mini-camps, and even in training camp now I think they have seen and we know Matt, now can he do it during the games? I think they know I can it's just getting that full opportunity. I know there's a lot of pressure riding on me from the outside in and I'm my own worst critic. I'm hard on myself but I'm just hoping I can go out there and be able to make mistakes and learn from them and not have to worry about what's said and what's going to happen. You can't play this position like that. I'm not really looking over my shoulder and I know what people are saying but they have to say that because that's like the only story that they can say during training camp that keeps people involved. Just like I've done, just gotta put my nose down and just keep grinding away. I think all the hard work is going to pay off."

On being stung by a scorpion:
"I go home and get away from camp for one night to sleep in my own bed and I'm excited. I wake up at three in the morning and I'm feeling this thing on my neck and I'm assuming it's just my pillowcase which is really creepy. I just start brushing my neck really hard and I felt it, it wasn't that big but I felt it and I got up and just starting dropping f-bombs and stuff. I'm like are you kidding me? Then it started, I'm sure a lot of people have been stung by a scorpion, it was just burning like crazy and on my neck of all places. I got up and went to google because I didn't know exactly what to do or how to take care of it because I had never been stung. Then I called poison control people. (Host: They answered that late) Yeah. They answered. There's like a fricking hotline that you can call anytime and I just said I got stung by a scorpion. What do I do? The lady was just like whatever put a cold pack on it or something and she called back an hour later to make sure it wasn't getting worse. It didn't swell up. It was just one of those freak things."

This post, written by Chris Fedor, appears courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews. For the complete highlights of the interview, as well as audio, click here.